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   According to Lanza¹, Aristotle admired Zeno as the inventor of the dialectic, a word that later became synonymous with formal logic.

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   That said, since we recognize logic as important to science, let’s consider what Zeno is most remembered for.

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   To do that you need to go through the DOOR.

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   Remembered by many scientists and philosophers are Zeno’s paradoxes.

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   Achilles and the Tortoise²

   In a race between the two, the tortoise gets a head start, and then Achilles attempts to catch up and pass it in a race. Let’s say the tortoise goes half the speed of Achilles. Well, as soon as Achilles reaches the place where the tortoise was positioned at the outset, the tortoise has moved on by half that distance. When Achilles reaches this new position, the tortoise has meanwhile slowly advanced to yet another new position, halfway  beyond its initial advancement and Achilles’ new position, there’s no avoiding the fact that the animal has managed to move ahead by another half of that distance. The halves keep getting further halved, but Achilles can never catch the tortoise.

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   We’ll say move about this paradox in our next post.

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  ¹ From Robert Lanza’s Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death  (Benbella Books, 2016 [Lanza with Bob Berman)

  ² Known also by other names.